I made my first "WHAAAT??" phone call to my sister. Luckily, she explains things easily, so it turned out to be no big deal. Let's dive in.
Long U (AO U)
Stew, Cure, Blue, Pure
Their (TH I (EU)-R), Why (Y (KWR)), Would (W -D)
Again, like lesson 5, Had and Have can be used as an ending or a beginning.
You Had. (U -D) or Had you? (H U)
You Have. (U -F) or Have You? (SR U)
Using the letter C or S*?
So those of you that have made it this far in theory know what this means. But for us newbies, I had to make a call to make sure I was on the right track.
S and C make the same sound (Site or Cite) You have the option to spell Cite Sao*eut or kraoeut
Because we write off sound not spelling, you can choose to use the S with an asterisk or C.
There are a few words where the S/C conflict arises. Cell/Sell, Site/Cite, Sent/Cent
I called my sister and asked what she did. She uses the asterisk. No matter which one makes the most sense to use, use it consistently.
I am going to use the S* as well. Only because I want to stay consistent writing the sound of a word.
Another conflict that is related to the above is Sight/Site/Cite. I would write these
SAOEUGT /SAOEUT /SAO*EUT
Sell, Sale, Sail SEL/ SAEL/ SAEUL
Scent, Cent, Sent SKRENT/ S*ENT/ SENT
Can you see how this lesson is a little more difficult?
Tax (TABGS) and Tacks (TABGZ) Tacks ends with an X sound, you can a add a KZ on the end or spell it two strokes. These conflicts do not come up often. But it is good to start thinking about conflicting words and how to handle them.
I wish they didn't give me an option and just told me one way to do it. I am a bad decision maker:) Everyone learns differently so I see the point.
Words we can spell now are Exam, Extra, Cent, Zap, Mix, Tux etc.
My other question to my sister was about the X sound.
In the manual it talks about using the ending X and beginning X. I got confused when it said to use the ending X at the beginning of some words. I was told that you stroke the ending X on one line for words that you cannot spell in one stroke. EX: Explore. By stroking EBGS it signals that this is a two part word. So it would be EBGS / PLOER.
After talking to Laura, she explained that once we get our CAT software, this will make more sense. The software will translate it a two stroke word on one line.
I have reached the words portion of the audio. I plan on working on lesson 6 over the weekend.
This is sorta confusing, I am still wrapping my head around it all. If you have not worked on theory. Don't be scared. It will make sense as you practice it.
Have a good weekend!
Lesson 6 is the most difficult yet. I have not practiced a lot this weekend. Weekends are tough because we are so busy as a family. I got a little time in today, but I am off to a baby shower. Maybe tonight I will get a second wind and get another hour or two in. I am considering a earlier wake up and practice before the boys get up. However, I am the worst morning person...ever. I will have to mull this option over. I haven't used an alarm clock in years. My alarm is my kids waking up. I might have to bite the bullet and join the rest of society:)
Update Again 6/2/14
Okay so I am on the sentences portion of the audio!!! Woot woot. For two stroke EX words like Extreme, I have stopped using the EBGS to start the words and went to KP. On page 56, it says you can use either. EX (KP) just makes more sense for my brain. I cannot explain it. Once I switched, the words portion went fast. I kept up with the audio and made zero mistakes. Now on to the sentences. I can get about half way through before she loses me. The Z words slow me down. I really have to think about them. Guess what I will be practicing? I am still contemplating an earlier wake up. I downloaded an alarm clock on my Kindle Fire. That is as far as it went, but it is progress in the right direction. Have I mentioned I am not a morning person?:)
I can make it through the sentences part and make only a few mistakes. I made my first contact with the support department. I was confused (again) about the begininng X of a two part word. I thought I read I could choose between KP or EBGS. Well, I was wrong. It Is EBGS. I mis-read page 56. After they explained it to me. It is now clear. Today I had to restart the lesson and make sure I could keep up with the audio using EBGS and not KP. It wasn't that hard of a transition. I am just glad I asked now, instead of paying later. The audio drill is more difficult this lesson, because she adds in a few sentences that are not on our practice sheet. I had to look up how to spell Change. We haven't learned the CH yet. I actually wrote down the new sentences on a sheet of paper just to help me practice. I am hoping to finish the lesson tomorrow. Fingers crossed...
Another update... I didn't practice at all yesterday. I have a sinus infection, and I had a doctors appt. For those of you who have had a sinus infection, you know how bad your whole head hurts. I was given a pain killer. So I was useless. I laid on the couch all afternoon. But I woke up this morning feeling a lot better. Only two Tylenol were needed to help my headache. I made it through the audio with no mistakes:) I am going to practice it a few more times, just to be sure I can repeat my success more than once or twice. I will start Lesson 7 once I feel 100% confident.